For the World Oceans Day, this Thursday 8th of June, Surfrider Foundation Europe proposes to you to discover the concrete actions organized by the Educational Caravans to fight against marine litter and more particularly against plastic bottles pollution. An ideal timing to do a summary of this educational program and to thank the many volunteers who have committed themselves to the oceans.
World Oceans Day a highlight of the Pedagogical Caravans
While World Ocean Day (WMO) is an opportunity for Surfrider to alert the media on plastic bottles pollution through the launching of the “Reset Your Habits” campaign, it is also a highlight for our Educational caravans in four European regions. On Thursday June 8th, the Caravans Garonne, Seine and Hamburg join their voices and forces for the oceans, offering a wide range of activities (lectures, screenings, litter collection…).
The theme of WOSD 2017, “Our Oceans, Our Future,” will be celebrated at the Oceans Conference, on June 5-9, 2017, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. At Surfrider, the event will be celebrated in Le Havre (France), Soulac-sur-mer (France) and Hamburg as one of the stages of the Educational Caravans.
The ocean covers two-thirds of the Earth’s surface and are an essential pillar of life on our planet. In addition to being oxygen providers, they absorb a large amount of carbon dioxide emissions, provide food and nutrients and play a role on climate regulation. Fundamental for international trade, ocean play an important role in both global and local economies of countries whose sources of income rely on tourism, fisheries and other marine resources.
Unfortunately, human pressures, including overexploitation, marine and coastal pollution, climate change and water acidification, have a negative impact on the ocean and seas of our planet. In consequence, it is not only the environment that is threatened but the whole planet, its peace and its security.
A European awareness program on plastic bottles
Every year, Surfrider organizes field actions to raise public awareness about the problem of aquatic waste. In addition to the Ocean Initiatives, the association’s flagship program, Surfrider organizes the Educational Caravans, a European outreach program to track the journey of waste from its source to the ocean.
This program is organized on site by volunteers and members of Surfrider’s staff and provides a reflection on the origin of marine litter and its impact on the environment. Among the activities proposed: conferences, concerts, cultural visits, naturalist visits, educational workshops or litter collections.
In 2017, due to the alarming observation of the growing accumulation of waste, in particular in plastic, Surfrider wished to alert European citizens on plastic bottles issues. Indeed, no matter the location of litter collections, plastic bottles are always among the most collected type of litter.
Thanks to the campaign “Reset Your Habits” and the tools developed by the Ocean Campus, the volunteers have benefited from explicit teaching materials on the spot for their animations. The common goal of all these activities is to lead us to rethink our behavior to reduce this pollution.
In 2017, no fewer than 1,500 people attended to the various stages of the program, and gathered together several hundred of plastic bottles. During the 27 days of awareness-raising, nearly 40 events took place in 13 different cities of 3 European countries.
Today, on World Oceans Day, we need to talk about plastic. But to talk about the plastic problem, we first have to understand its scale. We've covered the dangers plastic ties can pose to seals, how plastic bags look like food to sea turtles and how over a million seabirds are killed by it each year. But, the reality is that marine plastic is a much larger problem than this.
How much bigger? Get ready to have your mind blown.
Yesterday, Marko Pomerants, Minister of the Environment and co-chair of the conference, spoke of the main problems from the perspective of Estonia. According to Pomerants, it is necessary to combat pollutants and marine litter more aggressively than before as well as to prevent pollutants harmful to human health from getting into fish and thereby, our dining tables. In addition, it is necessary to prepare for the rising sea level, increasing temperature, and for the decreasing oxygen level in water. ‘Having operated by the Baltic Sea, we have learned a lot. We know what is bad and we try to improve the situation. We want to and have to share this knowledge also with other countries, primarily with smaller waterlocked countries, which are in the greatest danger due to the changes in the oceans,’ said Pomerants.
To protect the state of the oceans, a common agreement between all countries will be created as a result of the conference to implement concrete protection measures. This agreement will include a list of activities that all countries should carry out as well as a call to help the countries whose abilities to improve the state of the marine environment are limited due to climate change and other worldwide issues.
Healthy Oceans, Healthy Plant
The Waikīkī Aquarium hosts World Oceans Month during the month of June, with World Oceans Day on June 8. World Oceans Month recognizes those in the community striving to protect the ocean and marine life. This year’s festivities will feature various educational and cultural activities, including Afternoon at the Aquariums, Liquid Robotics with Lani Yamasaki and special presentations on key ocean issues from NOAA, PacIOOS and more. Volunteers and participants are also invited to join us as we clean various neighboring beaches throughout the month:
Wednesdays, June 7, 14, 21, 28, 2016 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Special Ocean Activities at Outrigger Reef (June 7th & 21st) and Outrigger Waikiki (June 14th & June 28th)
Afternoon at the Aquarium
Wednesdays, June 7, 14, 21, 28, 2016 3:00 p.m.
Join Print maker Lynn Cook and other guests throughout the month for keiki activities.
World Oceans Day at the Aquarium and Makapu‘u Beach Cleanup
We kick off our month-long celebration with a day of ocean appreciation, educational activities, and a beach cleanup at Baby Makapu’u. Mahalo to Duke’s Waikīkī staff, Matson Navigation, City & County Parks and Recreation for their annual World Oceans Day beach cleanup.
Waikiki Beach: What Does the Future Hold?
June 13, 4:00 p.m.
Waikīkī Beach is a globally recognized icon of Hawai‘i and is the state’s largest tourist destination. Waikīkī generates approximately 42 percent of the state’s visitor industry revenue and is responsible for 8 percent ($5 billion) of the Gross State Product. This talk will introduce joint state, university, and private partnerships intent on improving the management and resilience of Waikīkī Beach.
Ke Kani O Ke Kai Summer Concert Series
This concert will feature Jerry Santos & Kamuela Kimokeo, the Hot Club of HulaVille and the Osorio Ohana. Tickets are required.
A Tribute to Dr. Isabella Abbott
June 22 10:00 1.m. – 12:00 p.m.
A rare opportunity to view native algae specimens from Bishop Museum’s Herbarium Collection.
Invasive Algae Cleanup
June 24 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
In celebration of Dr. Isabella Abbott’s birthday and Outrigger’s OZONE Day the Waikiki Aquarium
will host an Invasive Algae Cleanup.
Outrigger Resorts OZONE Day
June 24 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Visitors and kama‘āina alike are invited to come enjoy a fun-filled event with activities for the whole family – including: live Hawaiian music from 11am-1pm, educational exhibits, games and quality prizes. OZONE, which stands for Outrigger’s ZONE, is a global conservation initiative centered on protecting the health of coral reefs and the oceans surrounding the iconic beach destinations of Outrigger Resorts – including our very own Waikiki Beach!
Ke Kani O Ke Kai Summer Concert Series
This concert will feature Streetlight Cadence, Hoku Zuttermister and Kalani Pea. Tickets are required.
Ocean Acidification with Christopher Wall Ph.Dc
June 27, 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Waikīkī Aquarium Classroom
Ocean acidfication is a complex process where increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is progressively absorbed by the world’s oceans, resulting in changes to the chemistry and acidity (pH) of seawater. Changing seawater conditions can have serious consequences for marine life, including in reef-building corals which are integral to the structure and function of coral reef ecosystems. Learn about the causes and consequences of ocean acidification for coral reefs.
Water is one of the most precious resources in the Sonoran Desert, which includes the Gulf of California - also known as the Sea of Cortez. Enjoy complimentary sustainable seafood tastings from Fini’s Landing, Hotel Congress, Maynards, Penca, Primo at Starr Pass, and Rojo Hospitality. You can also learn about the incredible biodiversity of this marine environment and how to protect it with Biosphere 2, CEDO, Desert Dolphins, Marine Awareness and Conservation Society, The Dive Shop, The Fin Foundation, and the University of Arizona. Please wear blue in honor of World Oceans Day!
Whether you live along the coast or far inland, you are connected to the world's oceans. Created in 1992 at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, World Ocean Day is an opportunity to celebrate oceans and our personal connection to the sea. This year, we celebrate World Ocean Day all week long!
Come to the Aquarium to discover the wealth of diverse and beautiful ocean creatures and habitats. Find out how our daily actions affect ocean life and how we are all interconnected.
All week long, enjoy special discovery stations around the Aquarium, watch ocean-themed videos in the Aquarium Theater, and learn how to make responsible seafood purchasing decisions.
Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) is currently organizing World Oceans Week (WOW) 2017 UMT, in conjunction with World Oceans Day on 8 June.WOW 2017 UMT consists of 34 high impact marine awareness programmes and activities starting from March until July 2017.
One of the main highlights during WOW 2017 UMT is the Choral Speaking Competition which involved 65 schools from the Fully Residential Schools in Malaysia. A total of 8 schools had competed in the grand finale on 6 May 2017 at UMT. With the theme "Our Oceans, Our Future", students had shown their creativity with their performance. Marine biodiversity issues, water pollutions, extinction of marine endangered species, steps to overcome those problems; were the topics highlighted in their choral speaking performances.
Main objective WOW 2017 UMT :
Join us at Aquarium of the Bay, at PIER 39, from 6/8-6/11 for special talks and activities in celebration of World Oceans Day. Find out what makes the ocean so special and how we can all do our part to keep it that way as we celebrate World Oceans Day for a whole week!
Special talks and activities at Aquarium of the Bay, PIER 39
Ocean Conservation Cart (11am-5pm) Chat with a naturalist about how you can help protect the ocean and watch a demonstration on how to upcycle an old shirt into a reusable bag.
Talks in the Ocean Lab:
In concert with the UN Ocean Conference & World Oceans Day, The Explorers Club is proud to present World Oceans Week, five days of extraordinary ocean related programs.
Under the orienting force of United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #14 - conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development - World Oceans Week will bring together experts from multiple disciplines, along with authoritative oceanic institutions to imagine a better future for the oceans and the world that relies on it.
Given the unique heritage of our Membership and our record of ocean conservation, it is only natural that The Explorers Club should serve as a gathering place for such an endeavor.
With diplomats, celebrities, scientists, and friends all sorting their schedules, there are elements of the program still in flux, but we wanted to share some highlights of the week for you below. More information on the week will be forthcoming in the following days.
TBA21-Academy x Explorers Club, A Contemporary Exploration -
Monday 2-6p, Tuesday 2-4p
Organized by TBA21–Academy, and unfolding in four thematic sessions on June 5 and 6, “A Contemporary Exploration” reveals how alliances across disciplines and knowledge sharing can generate solutions in conserving and sustainably using the oceans. Featuring Mark Dion, D Graham Burnett, Margaret Leinen, Dave Gruber, Joan Jonas, Francesca von Habsburg, Walter Munk, Markus Reymann, and more. All sessions are free and open to the public, no sign-up required.
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Paul Nicklen & Cristina Mittermeier - Monday, 6-9p
Reception and presentation with award-winning conservation photographers and co-founders of SeaLegacy
"Sea of Hope: America's Underwater Treasure" Screening - Tuesday, 6-9p
Academy Award nominated director Robert Nixon’s stunning documentary follows iconic ocean explorer and conservationist Dr Sylvia Earle, renowned National Geographic underwater photographer Brian Skerry, author and activist Max Kennedy and their crew of teenage aquanauts on a yearlong environmental quest to use science and photography to inspire President Obama to establish Blue Parks across an unseen American wilderness. Breathtaking underwater cinematography captures remarkable encounters with dolphins, whale sharks and what may be a new species of coral. The expedition culminates with a presidential encounter on Midway Atoll following Obama’s expansion of Papahanaumokuakea, making it the largest protected area on earth.
The Ocean Elders - Wednesday, 6-8p
An intimate evening with legends of ocean conservation - Sylvia Earle, Walter Munk, Cathy Novelli, and Nainoa Thompson
UNESCO Reception - Thursday, 6-9p
A celebration with children and families from over 30 UNESCO marine world heritage sites, UNESCO leadership, and with support from the Government of Flanders, after their call to action at the UN World Oceans Day plenary session
Free Daily Breakfast Panels - Mon-Fri, 9-10a
Featuring a new topic each morning, these panels feature leaders on the most pressing ocean issues. They are free of charge and open to public walk-ins, no sign-up required:
• Art & Communication - Monday
• Protected Areas - Tuesday
• Corals - Wednesday
• Robotics - Thursday
• Plastics & Marine Debris - Friday
Visit one of the only Zoos located along the sea for a special celebration of oceans, which make our world the blue planet! Join us for a weekend full of water appreciation as we learn about marine wildlife from ocean experts and conservationists. Hear how Zoo staff cares for our own ocean animals, sea lions “Silent Knight” and “Henry.” Meet animals from the intertidal with Aquarium of the Bay's “BayMobile” and hear about important care Marine Mammal Center is giving to sick seals and sea lions. Visitors can also learn how to make smart choices about sustainable seafood. All activities are complimentary with paid Zoo admission.
This year’s theme is Our Ocean, Our Future. The ocean is the heart of our planet and similar to your heart pumping blood to every part of your body, the ocean connects people across the earth. The ocean regulates the climate, feeds millions of people every year, produces most of the oxygen we breathe, is the home to an incredible array of wildlife, provides us with important medicine and so much more!
Keeper Talks to feature how we care for Zoo marine animals
10:30 Penguins, Penguin Island
2:00 Sea Lions, Fred Carroll Family Sea Lion Pool
3:00 White Pelicans, Pelican Beach
3:30 Penguin, Penguin Island